Nearly 5,000 killed in Congo measles outbreak

first_imgThe government and the World Health Organization launched an emergency vaccination program in September that aimed to inoculate over 800,000 children amid measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. AFP/GETTY The Congolese government and the WHOlaunched an emergency vaccination program in September that aimed to inoculateover 800,000 children.   According to the WHO, measles is ahighly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus and it is normally passedthrough direct contact and through the air. It is a human disease and is notknown to occur in animals.(BBC) CONGO – Measles killed nearly 5,000people in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, authorities said, afterthe disease spread to all the provinces in the country.  The World Health Organization (WHO)said this was the world’s largest and fastest-moving epidemic.  Measles in this country has killedover twice the number of those killed by Ebola in the last 15 months.   Close to a quarter of a million peoplewere infected this year alone, the authorities added.last_img

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